The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life

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Elon Musk warns AI could become an immortal’ digital dictator

As if the world didn’t have enough analog dictators to worry about, Elon Musk now warns that perhaps a future authoritarian leader will go digital. Musk has previously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, particularly if control of it is concentrated the hands of a power-hungry global elite. ”The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first space hotel could launch by 2022

We’ve all heard of the companies promising to launch humans on trips to space, but have you thought about where you will stay once you get there? Startup Orion Span thinks they have the answer, because the company hopes to launch a luxury space hotel into orbit in the next few years. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, start saving your pennies – a 12-night stay will set you back a mere $9.5 million PER PERSON. But don’t worry, the price includes transportation, food and drinks,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China’s new rain-making system could increase rainfall by billions of cubic feet

China needs water — and their answer to the issue is a massive weather modification system. South China Morning Post reported the country is testing technology that could bring more rain to the Tibetan plateau — increasing rainfall by as much as 10 billion cubic meters every year. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New technology could slow down biological time to save injured soldiers’ lives

Sometimes the difference between life and death is a matter of time. For injured soldiers on the field, the minutes between when a medic can treat them can make all the difference. That’s why DARPA is looking into ways to slow biological time in order to give medics the time they need to help.

 

We can learn a lot from life around us. For instance, some organisms like tardigrades can essentially suspend animation when conditions are hostile to life. DARPA wants to tap into that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How farming with rocks could improve global food security

Scientists at the University of Shefield have learned that farming with crushed silicate rocks mixed into the soil could improve global food security, increase crop yields, promote soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Human societies have long known that volcanic plains are fertile, ideal places for growing crops without adverse human health effects,” study lead author David Beerling told Phys.org, “but until now there has been little consideration for how adding further rocks to soils… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This incredible geodesic dome home could be yours for $475k

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Scott Pruitt thinks global warming could be favorable for humans

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt continues to spew all sorts of ideas about climate change – many departing from mainstream climate science, according to The Guardian. In a recent interview with Nevada TV station News 3, Pruitt suggested global warming could be beneficial for people. He said, “Do we know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 or year 2018? It’s fairly arrogant for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”

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Polar bears could go extinct sooner than scientists previously thought

We’ve known climate change will cause trouble for polar bears for a while, but a new study reveals their metabolic rates are higher than we thought, and a changing environment is making it harder for them to snare enough food to reach energy demands. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Planting wildflower strips across crop fields could slash pesticide use

Could wildflowers help us cut our use of pesticides? The Guardian reported on 15 big arable fields in England, colorful strips of the flowers were planted running through fields – instead of just around them – as part of a Center of Ecology and Hydrology trial. The wildflowers could boost natural pest predators, helping us reduce our reliance on environmentally damaging pesticides.

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